The "Brothers and Sisters" of Jesus
If you have not read the first of my files in this 2 part
series, "Genealogy of the
Brethren", please do so now before continuing with this one.
Some insist the Mother of
GOD had children other than Jesus Christ, because of the use of the words
"Brethren, Brothers, and Sisters", in several verses such as, Matthew 13:55-56
and Mark 6:3.
I have discussed who the real parents of the "brethren" are in
"Genealogy of the Brethren"
the first part of this series. In this writing, I will show the fallacy of the
charges made against the Blessed Virgin Mary by those who tend to downgrade her,
and who even resort to calumny and judgment of GOD's masterpiece.
"Mary obviously had 'other children' because the Bible says
Jesus had 'brothers and sisters'."
Let us look at the charge itself, as it
has no merit whatsoever from the very beginning...
The word "brothers" and
"sisters", as used in the context of the detractors, means a sibling of the same
parents. Let us use reasoning and common sense on this issue.
"brothers" of Jesus Christ would obviously have to have the same parents as
2. The parents of Jesus Christ are the Blessed Virgin Mary and the
3. Children receive their nature from their
4. Therefore, Jesus Christ has a divine nature from the Holy
Spirit. That makes Him a divine person.
5. If Jesus Christ had brothers
and sisters, then their natures would be the same as His.
all "brothers and sisters" of Jesus Christ would be divine as He is, thus giving
us multiple god's. Not only that, it would give us goddesses, or female god's as
7. The statement, "Jesus Christ has brothers and sisters" is
obviously ambiguous and is an incorrect usage of the English language.
The false charge that "Mary had other children" assumes that the father of the
9. If Saint Joseph is the father of the
"brothers and sisters", then using rule #3 above, would show that the siblings
are of his human nature and are not divine.
10. The "other children" of
Saint Joseph and Mary, however, would be "half brothers and half sisters" to
Jesus Christ, and not "brothers and sisters" as the accusers charge.
However, the Bible does not say, Jesus Christ had "half brothers and half
sisters" either does it? In fact, it really does not say that Jesus Christ had
any brothers or sisters at all.
For those who believe that Jesus Christ had "brothers and sisters", I
encourage you to answer the following questions...
1. This would be a
monumental revelation for the creator of the universe to have siblings. Just
think if YOU were a brother or sister of Jesus Christ. Wouldn't you feel
slighted if you were not mentioned in Holy Scripture?
2. What are their
names? Why are they not more prominent in Scripture?
3. When were they
born? Where were they born? When did they die? If they are divine, could they
4. Why did Jesus Christ give His mother to Saint John in John
5. Why did He not give her to one of His "siblings"? As I
explained in the "Genealogy of the Brethren", Jewish law would have demanded
6. How can GOD have siblings?
7. Why are not the "siblings" of
Jesus Christ mentioned in the writings of the Church Fathers?
question of the "brothers and sisters" of Jesus Christ did not rise to
prominence until Protestantism began in the 16th century. How do you explain
9. Why do you interpret the meaning of the word "brethren" as
you do, in today's English, instead of determining the meaning of it in the
language of the time of writing? After all, that is one of the basic rules of
Bible interpretation, is it not? Also, since you insist on using the definition
of brothers and sisters in today's English, why do you not use the correct
terminology of "half brothers and half sisters" when you make your false
10. Based on such flimsy evidence as you have, what is your real
reason for slighting the Mother of GOD? Aren't you judging her? Aren't you
11. Don't you realize that by making the false
accusation that the Mother of GOD had other children that you are insulting the
Holy Family as well as the
12. If someone deliberately spread gossip about your very
own mother that simply was not true, how would you feel? What would you do? How
would Jesus Christ feel? What will He do?
"Let no one presume to hope for the mercy of GOD, who dares
to slight or offend GOD's mother."
St Louis de Montfort
Written by Bob Stanley, December
Updated November 11, 2001
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